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  1. An animal of the family Felidae:
    1. A domesticated subspecies (Felis silvestris catus) of feline animal, commonly kept as a house pet. [from 8th c.]
    2. Any similar animal of the family Felidae, which includes lions, tigers, bobcats, etc.
  2. A person.
    1. (offensive) A spiteful or angry woman. [from earlier 13th c.]
    2. An enthusiast or player of jazz.
    3. (slang) A person (usually male).
  3. (nautical) A strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship.
  4. (chiefly nautical) Short form of cat-o'-nine-tails.
  5. (archaic) A sturdy merchant sailing vessel (now only in "catboat").
  6. (archaic, uncountable) The game of "trap and ball" (also called "cat and dog").
    1. The trap of the game of "trap and ball".
  7. A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.) with six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position it is placed.
  1. (nautical, transitive) To hoist (the anchor) by its ring so that it hangs at the cathead.
  2. (nautical, transitive) To flog with a cat-o'-nine-tails.
  3. (slang) To vomit something.
  1. (computing) A program and command in Unix that reads one or more files and directs their content to the standard output.
  1. (computing) To apply the cat command to (one or more files).
  2. (computing) To dump large amounts of data on (an unprepared target) usually with no intention of browsing it carefully.
  1. (Ireland, informal) terrible, disastrous.
  1. (slang) A street name of the drug methcathinone.
  1. (military, naval) A catapult.
  1. Abbreviation of category.
  1. A catfish.
  1. (slang) Any of a variety of earth-moving machines. (from their manufacturer Caterpillar Inc.)
  2. A caterpillar drive vehicle (a ground vehicle which uses caterpillar tracks), especially tractors, trucks, minibuses, and snow groomers.
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